Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers (Video)
April 27, 2009 by admin
As Manual Therapists, Bodyworkers, and Massage Therapists, we use our hands and bodies to work on our clients. This can be very physically demanding work, and if we are going to do it over a long period of time (as a career), we need to know how to use our bodies to exert the necessary force, repeatedly, without hurting ourselves.
Martial artists have the same concern, and because Martial Arts (on a practical level) is largely about exerting force with one’s body, martial artists have become quite sophisticated in their approach to body mechanics. I have developed a series of classes based on Principles of Body Mechanics drawn from a number of different martial arts. These classes are designed to train Bodyworkers in how to use their bodies to exert force in their work in ways that will keep them from being injured and insure that they can have a long, productive career doing the work that they love. I have used these strategies throughout my 25-year career as a Manual Therapist and Acupuncturist.
This is a video montage of a class I taught in Seattle, WA, a few years ago. This is a sample of the kinds of things I like to talk about in this context, and is excerpted from a 4-hour class that includes principles of pushing, pulling, using your hands to exert force, using balance, leverage, and other strategies to prevent injuries. It is a fun class with lots of simple exercises to demonstrate the principles and help to build them into your muscle memory and nervous system, so that they become automatic habits. The principles taught in this class also apply to martial arts, yoga, dance, and other athletic or work situations that might put someone at risk for injuries.
Please contact me if you think you or your students might like to learn more about these kinds of subjects.
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I look forward to hearing from you.